James Pfrehm

Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:German Language and Linguistics
Phone:(607) 274-5139
Office:301 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I completed an MA in German Literature at the University of Washington in 2001 and a PhD in Germanic Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. My teaching and research interests are intentionally interdisciplinary, ranging from German and European culture, literature and language, to several subfields of linguistics (sociolinguistics, dialectology, linguistic anthropology, internet linguistics). While my professional passions are teaching and language, privately I enjoy tinkering with computers and technology, exercising, home brewing, hiking, fishing the many streams of Upstate NY, writing plays, reading, and accompanying Frida and Diego (my two [spoiled] dachshunds) on long walks.


Austrian Standard German: Biography of a National Variety of GermanLINCOM Europa Academic Publishing. 2015.

Selection of Courses Taught at Ithaca College

German and European Studies

German 350: Contemporary German-Language Film

German 327: German Conversation and Stylistics

German 309: Introduction to German Literature

German 303: German Civilization in a European Context

German 316: Modern German Drama: Controversial Plays of the 20th Century


Linguistics 210: Uncovering English: Sociocultural, Ideological, and Historical Perspectives

Linguistics 275: Introduction to Sociolinguistic Inquiry & Methods

Linguistics 232: Introduction to Linguistics

Anthropology 290: Sociocultural Linguistics

First-Year Seminars

Critical Thought and Expression Across the Curriculum

Language: The Unique Human System

Honors Seminars

Ithaca Cultural Encounters

International Scholarly Conversations


Technolingualism: Language and technology in dialogue. Bloomsbury Academic Press. 

Textures: pour approfondir la communication orale et étrite (Textures: Developing Oral and Written Communication). Yale University Press. 

*Click HERE to request my CV, for a complete list of publications, presentations, courses, etc.

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